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Grangetown Primary

Important information for reception

Every day

Can children bring their reading records and books into school every day, we make sure we read one to one with the children on either Monday, Wednesday or Friday. 


Water Bottles - Can all the children bring in their own water bottle so they can easily access drinking water throughout the day. 


Tuesday - PE kits! We do PE every Tuesday morning and it is really important we have our PE kits in school. 


 A Busy Day in Reception

 Things are a little different now we have entered the last term of Reception! 

Our day has 4 focused sessions where the children are doing one of 3 'jobs'. These jobs are:

  • A focused activity in their books where they will work with Miss Barnett to complete their task. 
  • An independent activity, which they complete on their own without adult help. They will be in the 'quieter' section of the class room with the adult focused group but get on independently. 
  • Choosing an area to work at in the other side of the class room or outside and  adults around them to facilitate and extend their learning through the different areas and stations in the classroom. We have our water tray, the sand pit, the creative area, the construction zone or the computers.  The children get to 'choose' in these areas for 2 out of the 4 daily sessions.

It has been timetabled so that the children get a mix of activities at different times of the day and alongside different groups of children so that they never miss out on anything. 

Children will do both their focused job and their independent activity in either the morning or the afternoon and the other two sessions will be spent choosing in the classroom. They will always get a full morning or afternoon of choosing time. 

In this timetable I have given an example of what this might look like:

9:00 Register
9:00 -9:30 Morning Carpet Time. 
This can change depending on the day but we learn about literacy, maths or our topic. If it's a Tuesday this is when we do our PE session.  
9:30 - 10:00

Focused Session 1 

This session could be any of the 3 above mentioned 'jobs'.

For this example this session will be a focused activity with an adult. 

10:00 - 10:20

Snack time.

We have juice and some fruit and take the time to share some news, jokes or interesting facts that we know. 

10:20 - 10:50

Focused Session 2 

This session could be any of 3 the above mentioned 'jobs'.

If they have worked with the adult to do a focused activity this session will be their independent activity. 

10:50 - 11:15 Whole class choosing
11:15 - 11:45


In phonics we might learn new sounds or practice our blending (reading) or segmenting (spelling) skills through lots of fun games and activities. 

11:50 - 1:00  Lunchtime 
1:00 Register
1:00 - 1:30

Afternoon Carpet time 

We continue our teacher lead learning by thinking about literacy, maths or our topic. On a Friday we usually do our JIGSAW lessons. 

1:30 - 2:00

Focused Session 3
This session could be any of 3 the previously mentioned 'jobs'.

If they spent their morning doing focused activities their afternoon 'jobs' will be choosing in the areas

2:00 - 2:30 

Focused Session 4

This session could be any of 3 the previously mentioned 'jobs'.

If they spent their morning doing focused activities their afternoon 'jobs' will be choosing in the areas

2:30 - 3:00

Afternoon Outdoor Time 

All the children come outside for some fresh air and some games and learning outside. We ride bikes, climb on the equipment, get involved in role play, pour and explore the water play, dig in the sand and get messy in the mud kitchen. 

3:00 - 3:15

Getting Ready for Home

We often have a story, or some time to share any important information. We work on our imagination, speaking and listening skills to discuss the stories before we get our things and get ready for meeting our grown ups at the door. 

Our Topic - Let's Adventure: Under The Sea

 This term our topic is Let's Adventure: Under the Sea

This term we are going to be thinking about life under the sea! We already have lots of questions we want to find the answer to and are excited to start learning about all the different creatures you can find! 

Week 1

Introduction to our Topic and Rhyme


 We are going to be looking at the fantastic rhyming book called 'Commotion in the Ocean' by Giles Andreae. We are exploring rhyme and even making up our own rhyming strings. We are also thinking about getting information and finding out facts about the sea and how we can do this. 

We have had an awesome first week back with all the children exploring our new topic and working on our new timetable. Miss Barnett, Miss Pickering and Miss Nixon are so proud of how well the children are getting on with the change! 

Here is a video to show our first week back - we hope you enjoy it! 

Week 2

Sharing, grouping and writing sentences! 

We are looking at the lovely 'Tiddler' by Julia Donaldson this week. We've been thinking about the stories he told and making up our own reasons why we might be late to things! 

We've been working hard in maths to get to grips with sharing objects into groups and making sure it is fair. The children have done really well at understanding this! 

Week 3

Storytelling, even and odd.

This week we are learning all about Hermit Crabs! We've already found out some amazing facts about them - how many can you remember? We will be learning the story this week making up actions to go with it to help us retell the story! The facts we found out fascinated us and we loved watching this clip showing how they move and swap shells! 

Week 4

Health Week and a Beach Visit! 

This week we have been thinking about how to keep healthy. We had a Mindful Monday thinking about being in the here and now and noticing lots of little things about our daily lives. Then on Tuesday we've had a Tasty Tuesday where we learnt about different fruits and tried some ourselves. Wednesday was our wonderful trip. Thursday will be Thoughtful Thursday where we will discuss and think about acts of kindness. Fitness Friday will end the week with our amazing Sports Day! 

Here is a video of our day at the beach - We hope you enjoy it! The weather was a little wet and cold but we didn't let that ruin it - we played all morning and returned to school a little early to warm up with hot chocolate and 'Finding Nemo' to continue our Under the Sea Theme. The children had a great time. 

The Adventures of Jaguar Joe

Barney Bear used to come around your houses at the weekend to have adventures with you but we are having a little change to Jaguar Joe! He joined us in our last topic about Jungle animals and the children love him! Barney Bear is having a rest after all of his adventures. Check back here to see Joe go on some weekend adventures, and hopefully soon he can come back and visit you at home!